Sport in Tuvalu

This Polynesian island nation is located in the Pacific Ocean somewhere in between Hawaii and Australia. It used to be referred to as Ellice Islands and is comprised of three islands and six atolls and has a total land area of 10 square miles.

Their traditional sport is called kilikiti that has close resemblance to modern day cricket. Another traditional sport that is quite popular in Tuvali is Ano which is played with two hard round balls made from pandanus leaves and has rules that is very similar to volleyball.

Other traditional sports of the island includes foot racing, quarterstaff fencing, lance throwing and wrestling.

But when it comes to modern day sports, the most popular sport in Tuvalu is undoubtedly football and is governed by the Tuvalu National Football Association which has been an associate member of the Oceania Football Confederation since 2006.

In 2007, Tuvalu made history by being the first non-FIFA member to ever play in an official qualifying match for the World Cup. Even with football's popularity in the country, they are still yet to be a fully recognized FIFA member due to the lack of training facilities, stadiums and even hotels to accommodate visiting teams.

Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Tuvalu. Is there something missing? If you know of something that should be listed here, please make a comment below.

Popular sports of Tuvalu

Traditional & Unique Sports of Tuvalu

Tuvalu Sporting Success

Athletes from Tuvalu

Tuvalu Sports trivia

Tuvalu at major events

Past sporting events hosted in Tuvalu

Upcoming sporting events in Tuvalu

Annual sporting events held in Tuvalu

Sporting Facilities in Tuvalu

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